What is a Completion Report?


        A completion report is used by companies in order to document projects that are carried out.  Its primary purpose is to enable the readers to understand how the problem was solved, what the results were, and the meaning or implications of its findings, as well as the circumstances leading up to the problem. After doing each of the following activities, you will write a completion report to document and communicate your entire problem-solving process.


                                                 How do I Write a Completion Report?


        When writing a completion report, it is important to keep in mind who your audience is.  You must write it so that anyone who reads it will be able to follow what you did.  Your audience may include non-technical people who simply want an overview of the problem, how it was solved, and the results.  On the other hand, it will also include people (such as your teacher) who want to know every detail and computation that was carried out.  To accommodate both sets of readers, you should include a brief overview of the entire process in your introduction.  Your completion report should include the following components:


Title Page 

This should contain a clear, concise title of your report, your name, the date, and the name of the person to whom the report is submitted (your teacher).



        An introduction should include the following:

·        A statement of the problem and a description of the background of the problem (e.g. what led to the problem, why is it important to solve the problem);

·        A brief overview of the report, including how the problem was solved;

·        A glossary of key terms that your reader will need in order to understand your report.


In the methods section, you describe in detail how you solved the problem, and you will justify the procedures you chose.  In other words, this section answers the question “What did you do and why?”  It should consist mainly of written text, although it may be appropriate to include general mathematical formulas as well.  It should also include a list of all the materials used in the activity. 




The results section consists of any data that you created, as well as any calculations you carried out.  It consists mainly of mathematical equations and procedures, but may also include tables and graphs if appropriate.  In other words, what did you get when you carried out the steps described in the methods section? Your results section will be most convincing if you can support your algebraic calculations with the use of technology.  Do not comment on or interpret your results in this section.


Conclusions and Recommendations

       In addition to summarizing the outcome of the project, the conclusion section discusses the meaning and implications of the results.  It also includes recommendations:  What should be done now?



        If you are using outside sources (e.g. the internet), make sure you cite them appropriately in your bibliography.


Link to an example of a completion report. 






Source:  Engineering Reports:  Completion Reports, Natasha Artemeva, SLALS, Carleton University, 2001